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Oct 2, 2015

Belmopan Police Take on Community Outreach

Community outreach are often services provided by social workers and missionaries alike.  It isn’t an initiative that is synonymous with policing.  Nonetheless, one branch of law enforcement, particularly the Belmopan formation of the Belize Police Department has been making its rounds.  On Thursday, a team of officers visited patients at the Western Regional Hospital, as well as those at the Palm Center, as part of its community-based initiative.  According to Superintendent Howell Gillett, the effort is part of an overall plan to work closely with residents of Belmopan.

 

On the Phone: Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Police Formation

“We visited the Western Regional Hospital and we visited the male, the female and the children’s wards and we also had some basic things like fruits, juices and water. And we also went to the Palm Center…this is in the Maya Mopan area which is the home for people with varied mental abilities and we did the same act of kindness. So we are of the belief that we have shown that we do care and we want to be closer to the communities that we serve.”

 

Howell Gillett

Isani Cayetano

“What was the reception from patients of the Western Regional Hospital as well as those from the Palm Center?”

 

On the Phone: Supt. Howell Gillett

“Well the staff and management at the Western Regional Hospital were very respective; in fact, some of the patients were emotional and I am certain they haven’t seen us with this type of work. And at the Palm Center, they were even more happier because we learnt that none of the patients there at the center have had a visit for the duration of the entire existence of the building. So we were very happy we were there and this is not a one off thing; we will do this more often and we will target more institutions that we believe that the presence of the police and the interaction will make a difference in people’s lives. So we are very happy to have done this community type policing and I can only tell you that we are getting tremendous, positive feedback from since we went there yesterday up until this time.”

 

In Belize City, the police department has also been engaged in outreach by meeting and greeting residents of crime ridden communities.

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1 Response for “Belmopan Police Take on Community Outreach”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    Well intentioned but functionally misapplied resources. This misapplication of resources is rampant throughout all government programs.

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